Saturday, 22 November 2014

#Theale Co-op closed from Monday for 9 days for refurbishment

Please remember that the Co-op in Theale will be closed from Monday (24th November) for refurbishment.

It is due to re-open on 4th December.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale

Friday, 21 November 2014

M4 J3-12 "Smart Motorway" project exhibition in Theale Village Hall

Visited the M4 J3-12 "Smart Motorway" project exhibition in Theale Village Hall.

A few of the interesting things I found out:
  • Lanes one (currently the hard shoulder) and four will be surfaced in noise-reducing asphalt throughout from J3 to west of J12. All lanes on the eastbound carriageway will be surfaced in this material from west of J12 through the junction. This will result in a small reduction in traffic noise affecting the Woodfield Way area. There are to be NO noise reduction fences near Theale, though.
  • No increase in air pollution caused by traffic is expected in Theale
  • There will still be three lanes through J12. There will be four lanes all the way from J12 to J10 and from J10 to J4B, making use of the current hard shoulder.
  • It is proposed to have just two Emergency Refuge Areas (laybys for emergency use) eastbound between J12 and J11 and three westbound.
  • Broken-down vehicles will be detected by a mixture of wire loops in the road and radar, triggering an automatic 40MPH speed limit and alerting monitoring officers in the control centre.
  • Work is expected to start from the Theale (J12) end in 2016 and then work eastwards.
Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale

Story published in Newbury Weekly News with my concerns about effect on Theale of nuclear submarine dismantling project

A story has been published in this week's Newbury Weekly News with a quote from me on the possible effects on Theale if AWE Aldermaston is selected for this project. You can read the story here.

The project is to dismantle unused British nuclear submarines (17 at the moment) and to store the resulting intermediate nuclear waste until at least the 2040s. The waste would have to be transported from the place where the submarines are dismantled to the site selected for storage. If AWE Aldermaston is selected, the waste may be transported along the Theale bypass.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Consultation on proposals for use of AWE sites for nuclear submarine dismantling project

The Atomic Weapons Establishment sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield are two of the sites being considered for the Submarine Dismantling Project (SDP). This project is to dismantle de-commissioned nuclear submarines. This may be for the long-term storage of the intermediate radioactive waste comprising the  components from reactors dismantled elsewhere. It may also include the dismantling itself. The waste would have to be stored until at least the 2040s.

There are currently 19 disused British nuclear submarines awaiting dismantling. 

More information on the SDP can be found at

Consultations events are being held in our area as follows:

Dates scheduled for public events near Aldermaston are:
  • Monday 17th November 2014                                    AWE Sports and Social Club
  • Saturday 22nd November                                           Community Centre Tadley
  • Friday 23rd January                                                    Community Centre Tadley

Dates scheduled for public events near Burghfield are:
  • Tuesday 18th November                                             Common Village Hall
  • Thursday 20th November                                            Community Sports Association
  • Thursday 22nd January                                               Community Sports Association

The Community Sports Association is what was previously known as the Civil Service Association and is near AWE Burghfield.

There are also a series of workshops where you can discuss the proposals. You will need to book a place using this booking form if you want to attend a workshop. You don't need to register for the exhibitions.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

Monday, 17 November 2014

Updated: Consultation exhibition at #Theale Village Hall for M4 J3-J12 Smart Motorway Project

An exhibition of the proposals for the son-called M4 Smart Motorway Project will be held in Theale Village hall on Friday 21st November between 2pm and 8pm. The exhibition is part of the consultation that the Highways Agency are carrying out on the scheme.

The proposed scheme will convert approximately 32 miles of the existing M4 from junction 3 (Hayes) to junction 12 (Theale) to a smart motorway.

The key changes that you will see on the M4 are:
• Hard shoulder will be permanently converted to a running lane
• Provision of emergency refuge areas
• Signs and signals providing information about speed limits, travel conditions and any lane closures
• The replacement and widening of some bridges

I you cannot attend the exhibition, you can see details of the scheme at

You can take part in the consultation by taking part in the on-line survey at

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

Thursday, 13 November 2014

IKEA about to submit new planning application for a smaller store at Calcot, near Theale

I received a letter this morning saying that IKEA are about to put in a new planning application for their site in Pincents Lane, Calcot:

IKEA announced in August that they were now intending to build a smaller, two-storey, store rather than the three-storey store that they got planning permission for in 2012.

On the face of it, reducing the height should reduce its visual impact on Theale. What is not clear however, is whether IKEA expect fewer customer visits to the store. If there will be fewer customers, it should mean less traffic of course.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Evening bus service between Reading and Theale

As an experiment, there is an evening bus service between Theale and Reading on weekdays and Saturdays. They terminate at the stop in The Green

Buses leave Reading Station at 21:00, 22:00 and 23:00 and return from The Green at 21:30, 22:30 and 23:30, calling at The Crown two minutes later. 

This service is an experiment and we will lose it if we don't use ir.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale